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The Chronicles of D-Mat

The Off Base crystal ball predicts the final hours of the heated negotiations to sign Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Updated: December 13, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

With the hours ticking away to deadline, the price for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka remains so high that to cover the potential investment the Red Sox may have to start selling tickets behind and under the Green Monster as well.

Negotiations haven't gone smoothly for the Red Sox, but any team that pays $51.1 million just for the right to negotiate with Scott Boras deserves all the agony it gets. There remain two major holdups with Thursday's deadline fast approaching. One, Boras says ...

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